The University of Technology Sydney has signed an agreement to buy the output of the 200 kilowatt Singleton Solar Farm.

The Chau Chak Building on the Broadway campus will source 12% of its annual electricity consumption from the solar farm which is located more than 150 kilometres from the University away in the Hunter Valley.

Such purchases are common in other countries but this is believed to be a “first” in renewable energy purchasing from a solar farm in Australia. The University hopes that it could be the model for underwriting future large scale renewables projects, particularly if the big retailers are slow to the market.